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June 17, 2014

The Nemaha Central School District makes up 225 square miles in Nemaha County. With buildings located in Seneca please see the home page for links to each of the individual buildings’ web pages. The other communities that are served by USD #115 Nemaha Central include Baileyville, Kelly, St. Benedict, and Oneida. The total student population is around 600 between the two buildings and including our Pre-School Program.


Seneca, with almost 2,500 people, is located in northeast Kansas on highway 36, a little over one hour north of Topeka by car. Seneca has a healthy business, professional, and financial community along with the county courthouse, a new community hospital, a newly renovated public library, and several state and federal governmental offices. A new 18 hole golf course and an aquatic center. Numerous farming operations and dairies are found in the area as well as light manufacturing and construction trades.


St. Benedict Elementary was closed following the 2012-2013 school year. The building reached the grade level and building level Standard of Excellence and had some of the highest test scores on State Assessments in the state of Kansas. The students now attend Nemaha Central Elementary/Middle School.


Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School (formerly Nemaha Valley E/MS) is home to a Pre-K-5 facility and a 6-8 addition, housing over 300+ students. The new building was occupied in the fall of 2009 to make the building educationally modern. The building has reached the grade level and building level for the Standard of Excellence in the past on Kansas State Assessments.


B&B Junior/High School was located in Baileyville and did house 90 students in the 7-12 grades. The building was closed at the end of the 2013-2014 School Year and the students will attend Nemaha Central High School. The High School is classified as 1A by KSHSAA. In the past the activity programs have been highly successful at the State Level of competition. The building has reached the grade level and building level for the Standard of Excellence in the past on Kansas State Assessments. The students at BBHS have also scored above the State average on the ACT in the past.


Nemaha Central High School (formerly Nemaha Valley High School) was built in the early 1970's and houses over 200 students, making it a 3A classification high school for grades 9-12. The building has reached the grade level and building level for the Standard of Excellence in the past on Kansas State Assessments. The students at NVHS have also scored above the State average on the ACT in the past. In the past the activity programs have been highly successful at the State Level of competition


Athletically, the middle school belong to the Oregon Trail League and NCHS is a member of the Big Seven League.


The People


One distinguishing characteristic of the Nemaha Central School District is the enthusiastic support for young people and education. It is a common site to see the schools filled to capacity with patrons for an evening activity.


A dedicated staff of over 150 persons strives daily to meet the needs of the students. This staff number includes special education teachers and paraprofessionals located in one other districts as U.S.D. 115 is the sponsor for the Marshall Nemaha Special Services Cooperative.
The communities and staff support of children is evidenced by low absenteeism and dropout rates. Acts of violence are rare between students and almost unheard of in connection with staff. Persons come and go from early morning to late evening in the school buildings without the worry of personal safety. Suspension remains an infrequent exception as discipline problems do not disrupt the learning of the students.


The graduation rate is well above the state average and some years is 100% of the senior class. Over the years, somewhere between 75% to 85% of the graduates have gone on to further education or training. The majority of the students furthering their educations have done have done so at four-year colleges with the remainder pursuing more skilled, technical training at community and technical schools.


This desire to achieve educationally is reflected at all grade levels as Nemaha Central students annually score above the state and national averages on standardized tests.


The Programs


The following programs demonstrate that the Nemaha Central Schools believe in providing educational opportunities for all students:

*1:1 Technology Initiative 2nd-8th iPads and MacBook Air 9th-12th grade.

*Reading Recovery

*Title I reading and math

*Full time special education services, including early childhood

*Summer school

*After school tutoring

*Full time elementary and secondary counselors

*School nursing services

*Approved vocational programs, including the only auto mechanics program in the area

*Access to Internet

*All buildings have computerized networks

*Active school improvement and curriculum development plan

*Strong activities and athletic programs with numerous state qualifying teams and champions
 

For additional information contact:


Darrel Kohlman, Superintendent of Schools
dkohlman@usd115.org


Colette Hermesch, Clerk of the Board
chermesch@usd115.org


Nemaha Central Schools
318 Main
Seneca, Kansas 66538-1924
785/336-6101 (business telephone)
785/336-2268 (business fax)

Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School
110 North 11th
Seneca, Kansas 66538-1736
785/336-2173 (business phone)
785/336-2174 (business fax)


Nemaha Central High School
214 North 11th
Seneca, Kansas 66538-1798
785/336-3557 (business phone)
785/336-3672 (business fax)


Marshall-Nemaha County Special Education Cooperative
316 Main
Seneca, Kansas 66538-1924
785/336-2181 (business phone)
785/336-2181 (business fax)

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